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Feature Match: Assistive Technology Author Lisa Pufpaff, PH.D. Ball State University Narrative Feature matching is a process whereby the abilities and needs of an individual are matched to the features of assistive technology (AT) and/or augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems (Glennen&DeCoste, 1997; Wasson, Arvidson, & Lloyd, 1997). Feature matching is one component of the assessment process during which a great deal of information is gathered in order to arrive at a recommendation for the appropriate AT or AAC system for a given individual. The feature match process is conducted by a transdisciplinary team working in collaboration to determine not only the needs and abilities of the individual requiring AT or AAC, but also the intended outcome(s) or goal(s) for the individual (e.g., enhanced communication across partners, increased independence in the work place). Federal Legislation and Assistive Technology Federal legislation has increased the awareness of and access to AT for individuals with disabilities. Important legislation that has affected AT devices and services includes: * Rehabilitation Act of 1986 * Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 (P.L. 100-407; often referred to as the “Tech Act”) * Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 * Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Amendments of 1997 (P.L. 101-476) IDEA mandates that all children with disabilities who are receiving special education services have an Individual Education Plan (IEP). The IEP must consider the child’s need for AT devices and services in connection with
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his/her educational goals and objectives. AT services, as defined in IDEA, include: * Evaluating the needs of an individual with a disability including functional evaluations done in the individual’s customary learning environments. * Purchasing, leasing, or otherwise providing for the acquisition of AT devices by individuals with disabilities. * Selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, maintaining, repairing, or replacing AT devices. * Coordinating and using other therapies, interventions, and services with AT devices. * Training and technical assistance for an individual with a disability or, where appropriate, the family of an individual with a disability. * Training and technical assistance for professionals (including those providing educational and rehabilitation services), employers, or other persons who provide services to, employ, or are substantially involved with major life functions of an individual with a disability. Although AT devices and services have tremendous potential to enhance the
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2010 for the course EMLS EME3242 taught by Professor Rogers during the Spring '10 term at Florida State College.

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